The last of the big-name shows culminated last night after six days in Milan, with today’s events devoted to little-known up-and-coming Italian designers. Today marks the start of the most fashion-y fashion week of all: Paris! We’re summing up Milan with Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and Giorgio Armani, after the jump… Keep reading »
There was a time in the early ’90s when sunflowers were totally ubiquitous. I’m pretty sure TV’s “Blossom” had a terrible sunflower hat, and sunflowers were the ’90s symbol for some kind of whitewashed take on ’60s bohemianism. So perhaps that’s why I’m not super into the new ads from Prada, featuring supermodels Amber Valletta and Eva Herzigova. There’s so many hateable things about these shots: Firstly, the clothes; second, the styling of Amber’s shoes. And then there’s the tiny fringe somebody put on beautiful Eva Herzigova. Why would you do that to her? Plus, the color palette and makeup seems so purposefully drab. But I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something. Maybe this campaign is actually brilliant and gorgeous and it’s just my janky perspective that’s ruining things. What do you think?
I’m like a magpie as far as beauty products go — I’m drawn instinctively to anything bright, sparkly, bizarre, or beautiful — but when it comes to what I put on my own face, I’m an unlikely makeup classicist, and I most definitely stay inside the lines. At the S/S 2013 Prada show in Milan, models (like Jessica Stam, left) walking the runway sported fluorescent red lips that erred ever-so-slightly outside the natural barrier, resulting in an overall effect that’s more cartoonish than chic (wax lips, anybody? I ate a fair few in my day. Spoiler: they are disgusting). General consensus seems to be that this exaggerated lip look is best left to ’90s pop stars — like, say, Gwen Stefani, who showed off a similar shape at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Frankly, I wouldn’t be caught dead in it. Would you?
The production of counterfeit luxury goods is a criminal offense, and designers have always been vocal in their condemnation of the practice. Last week, Prada chief executive officer (and Miuccia’s husband) Patrizio Bertelli stoked controversy when he shared his opinion on the matter, saying, “Fake goods aren’t totally bad; at least it created jobs at some counterfeit factories.” He went on to reason, “We don’t want to be a brand that nobody wants to copy.” When questions arose, a Prada spokesman justified Bertelli’s statement, proceeding to say that “the quote is part of an extended conversation” that acknowledged the way in which “the market of counterfeits is an objective reality for successful brands and how this phenomenon has its own reality, also in terms of manufacturing, that is very structured.” This kind of progressive attitude, previously unheard of amongst the high fashion flock, is a natural extension of the fact that these activities will continue to exist, so why not put a positive spin on it? Keep reading »
Princess Charlene of Monaco has a formidable sense of style, but given her role as, you know, royalty, she doesn’t get too many chances to put it on display. Mainly resigned to lackluster shades of beige and grey, Charlene always works a great fit and stylish footwear, but her ensembles are rarely anything to write home about, despite vocal approval from Giorgio Armani and the notoriously difficult-to-impress Karl Lagerfeld, who told her, “You are going to be a style icon. You bring a breath of fresh air and modern glamour to Monaco.” I daresay things seem to be changing for Charlene sartorially — perhaps she’s feeling a bit more wiggle room now that it’s been almost a year since her royal wedding to Prince Albert? — if the spring 2012 Prada dress she donned at this week’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix race is any indication. The garment itself, which features a series of turquoise race cars, was a cheeky nod to the occasion, and Charlene topped it all off with a bright red lipstick that (coincidentally?) complemented the noise-reducing headphones. This may or may not be the kind of look one would normally anticipate from a woman fit to be queen, but it is awesome. Duchess of Cambridge, take note.
High fashion films have a track record of being consistently gorgeous. I’m not talking about, say, “The Devil Wears Prada” (though I will never not argue that it’s one of the best movies ever), but rather the type of high-brow videos that result from collaborations between fashion houses and illustrious directors. Take, for instance, Martin Scorsese’s short for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, David Lynch’s campaign for Dior’s Lady Dior, or the Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme ad created by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky — as you can see, efforts of this ilk have seriously beautiful outcomes. Keep reading »
As if we needed any additional reasons to adore the extremely adorable Carey Mulligan, here’s one more: the starlet placed her Met Gala dress on eBay yesterday, with all the proceeds from the auction going to Oxfam America. The custom Prada dress (constructed of silver and gold metal paillettes, if you recall) began at the modest price of $500 and is currently at $1,050, but considering the listing doesn’t close until the 19th, there’s a good chance the bids are going to skyrocket. Of course, I don’t know how many people could actually fit into Carey’s teeny-tiny gown, but how amazing would it be to hang that shit up in your house? It’s almost as good as going to the Met Ball yourself. Almost. Pssst — Carey, I know you’re all about keeping your private life private and I respect that, but girl, we want to see your damn wedding dress! [Racked]
Anna Wintour expressed a rare bit of enthusiasm on last night’s “Colbert Report” in discussing President Obama’s support of gay marriage. “I am thrilled,” Wintour managed to get out with a smile, even. “There were tears in the office at Vogue today. I think it’s a long overdue endorsement. And oh, they also discussed the Costume Institute’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: An Impossible Conversation.” [Comedy Central]
Is it just me, or have GIFs become increasingly popular with the fashion set? First, the controversial “Haute Mess” GIFs for Vogue Italia, followed by Miu Miu’s hypnotizing handbag pornography. The next establishment to try their hand at the medium is Prada, who partnered with graphic designer Vahram Muratyan (of Paris versus New York fame — love) to produce a series of GIFs called “Parallel Universes,” featuring accessories from the Italian fashion house’s 2012 collections. Unlike previous incarnations (which, it must be said, should probably have come with a seizure warning), these GIFs move subtly and almost twitchingly. The effect is simple, whimsical, and downright charming — check out my favorites after the jump. [Hint] Keep reading »